Come check out the stars at CofC's observatory

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The College of Charleston's Department of Physics and Astronomy is resuming their star-gazing open houses at the observatory again, which means you, dear public, have a great chance to go check out the stars. And it's free.

The fun starts Friday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. and goes to 8.

Weather permitting, they'll open the 16-inch telescope in the rooftop observatory and the observing deck with smaller telescopes will be open to the public.

They'll also have activities and demonstrations for all ages in rooms on the first floor of the science building. Enter the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center on Coming Street (not the New Science Center on Calhoun St.) via the Coming Street entrance and check in with the Society of Physics Students host, who will direct you to the location of the indoor and outdoor activities.

This event is free and open to the public. However if you plan to bring a large group (10 or more), or if you will need special accommodations, let them know ahead of time by contacting (, 843-953-2031).

Open-toed shoes are not permitted on the observing deck.

For further information and last-minute weather alerts, please refer to our website: